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nadellii

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According to the forum, many people recommend that I don’t visit Athens during August, because many of the locals have gone on vacation and the city is pretty empty. That being said… when is the best time to visit? I am definitely interested in seeing the acropolis and the museums, but I am wondering when the best time of year is to see the city life.
 

Vangelis

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Personally, I think June is a good month to visit. Not too hot and it's quite busy without being overcrowded (maybe the touristy areas are still quite busy). To be honest my daughter went in the middle of winter (Dec/Jan) and she said there were more activities/gigs/things to do at that time than during summer. I personally don't like late Sep and Oct because there are lots of rains at that time.
 

ellinasgolfer0320

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March to September is best, except for August. August is the month everyone returns to their village for Panigiri. Many stores will be closed during this time, but if you do decide to go in August then you'll be okay if you stick to the touristy areas
 

The Greek Vibe

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I would suggest spring or fall. Much nicer weather, fewer crowds. I would also suggest visiting other neighborhoods besides the historic center, like Pangrati, take a stroll around Koukaki and even further to Nea Ionia.
 

k_tsoukalas

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According to the forum, many people recommend that I don’t visit Athens during August, because many of the locals have gone on vacation and the city is pretty empty. That being said… when is the best time to visit? I am definitely interested in seeing the acropolis and the museums, but I am wondering when the best time of year is to see the city life.
I have been to Athens during this time and I loved it. Just to offer a contrary opinion. The city does seem to shut down a but, but all the stuff I needed was open. Restaurants, the local beaches, some of the shops. There was less traffic and noise. You can easily see the acropolis, museums, and other historical sites. Those don't seem to close.
 

The Greek Vibe

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Look, August is a beautiful time to visit if you have no issues with the heat. It's usually very hot in August. On the upside however, it is relatively traffic- and crowd-free and ideal for long strolls and photo ops in the center. August is usually when most Greeks go on holiday. I personally love August in Athens. There's a certain magic to the quiet.
 
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efhernandez_

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Look, August is a beautiful time to visit if you have no issues with the heat. It's usually very hot in August. On the upside however, it is relatively traffic- and crowd-free and ideal for long strolls and photo ops in the center. August is usually when most Greeks go on holiday. I personally love August in Athens. There's a certain magic to the quiet.
I'm with you, I definitely don't like when the city is very very busy. There is a small downside because there aren't many locals, but usually tourists go to see the sites anyways and don't interact much with the locals.
 
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Sandyrigo

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My favorite is mid-May through mid-June. Weather is great, but not too hot. Beaches and tourist locations are less crowded because kids are not out of school yet.
 

May Day in 2022?

Hi! I will be in Athens for a few days soon, including May Day (Sunday) and May 2nd (observed). I've read about and seen videos of the strikes that happen, including trains and ferries not operating. I'm planning to visit Hydra one of those two days. Since May Day is on a Sunday this year, is it more likely that transportation via ferry will be stopped on May 1st or the observed day May 2nd?

Thank you kindly for any thoughts you can give!

A walking tour of Lavrio, Greece

Lavrio is the coastal town in the southeastern part of Attica which is the region where Athens is located. This is a great place to visit if you want to go to restaurants and shop around, but also be by the water. Personally, I get pretty tired of staying in downtown Athens because there's not much of a breeze and I can't get to the beach very quickly. This is only super easy if you're renting a car, otherwise you can get to the beach or visit closer beach areas like Glyfada.

Where can I watch live bouzouki music in Athens?

What are some great spots to listen to traditional Greek music in downtown Athens? I love bouzouki especially, and would love to see some talented musicians performing it live. Have any of you been to any rebetathika or restaurants with live music that would have some performances to listen to? Thanks everyone!

Best Ice cream in Athens!❤️❤️😋😋

Youve never seen Athens like this before

Athens is the most stunning city in the world. Never has there been a city that blends Ancient ruins and modern architecture so beautifully. This drone only captures parts of how beautiful this city is. If you're visiting Athens, I recommend that you take your time and explore all parts of the city, both ancient ruins and modern nightlife. Some of the must see places are the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum of course, and having a coffee at the museum cafe where you will have an excellent view of the acropolis.

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